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Shipbuilding settlement.

After rejecting one tentative pact, 5,300 workers at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, ms, represented by the Metal Trades Council, ratified a 3-year agreement, retroactive to February 4, 1990. (A job action was averted following the contract rejection only after the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department refused to authorize a work stoppage.) Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Litton Systems, Inc., is a major U.S. Navy shipbuilding contractor.

The contract calls for a 60-cent-per-hour wage increase in 1990, and 30 cents an hour in both 1991 and 1992. Some minor changes were made in insurance benefits, including increases in coverage for maternity and outpatient treatment. Also, the employees' monthly insurance copayment was increased $5 in each of the 3 years (previously, $20). The health plan is self-insured by Ingalls, whose monthly contribution under the old plan was $238 per employee. In addition, the two-tier wage system was continued, but rates for new hires will now be $1 less than the entry rate that had applied to workers on the higher tier (the new-hire rate previously was $3 less than the higher tier entry rate).
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Title Annotation:Developments in industrial relations; Ingalls Shipbuilding Inc.-Metal Trade Council agreement
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Article Type:column
Date:May 1, 1990
Words:183
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